‘Stunning’, ‘just beautiful’, ‘a hidden gem’.

These were just a few of the comments from visitors to the Ilkley Garden of Lyn and Phil Short, which opened for the National Garden Scheme on May 29 and June 2.

Blessed with good weather, particularly on the Sunday, a total of 543 people were able to walk around the garden over the two days, enjoy its natural beauty and partake of the home-made cakes and refreshments on offer. As a result, almost £3,900 was raised for the NGS charities, including Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK and many other deserving care charities.

The amount was a record for this garden and brings the total raised over the years to almost £24,000. However, the owners have stated that this will be their final year of NGS opening, but they would like to thank the many local people who baked the home-made cakes and provided welcome assistance on the two days, as well as the many visitors from Ilkley and further afield who made the effort to come along and visit this year and on previous occasions.